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Authorize Water Use Incidental Sand And Gravel Mines

Concerning the ability of operators of sand and gravel mines to use water incidental to sand and gravel mining operations to mitigate the impacts of mining.
2018 Regular Session
Bill Summary

Water Resources Review Committee. Current law requires operators of sand and gravel open mines that expose groundwater to the atmosphere to obtain a well permit and either: A replacement plan approved by the ground water commission for designated groundwater; or a plan for augmentation approved by the water court or a plan of substitute supply approved by the state engineer for tributary groundwater. The bill specifies that the replacement plan (in section 1 of the bill) or the plan of substitute supply (in section 2 ) and the permit may authorize uses of water incidental to open mining for sand and gravel, including specifically (among other things) the mitigation of impacts from mining and dewatering.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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